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Website Reviews That Support Student Interventions In order for a website to support math interventions, I feel it must be easy for the students to use independently, hold their attention for at least 10-15 minutes, and target the specific skill being addressed. I examined many websites from the packet given to us in class, a list that the computer aid at the Franklin School compiled, and one that I picked up in the computer lab at the Angelo School. The three below were the ones that I found met the criteria listed above. Mathplayground (www.mathplayground.com) Mathplayground is a very versatile website that has many components. When using the site for intervention purposes, the math game section is easy to navigate and has many games that will help students practice their math facts. The games resemble video games and some can be played by one or two students. Balloon Invaders I and II show students a math fact. They have to locate it in the balloon and pop it. This is a timed game, so this would be good to get students to work fast and practice putting the facts into their long term memory. There is also a flash card game. Students type in the answer. They get immediate feedback if they are right or wrong, but it does not provide them with the correct answer if they are wrong. I feel it would be helpful for the students to see what the correct answer is. When used as an intervention, students could write down the ones they are getting wrong and later look them up in a chart. A popular one with the summer school students was Math Munchers. This game was very much like the video game Pacman. Students race around the grid trying to munch the answer to a math fact. All of the above games have difficulty levels and practice all operations of math facts. Other games on this site that support other standards were Money Mania. This site gave students coin riddles. Students could use this site along with play money to solve the coin riddles. Students in summer school had to be encouraged to use the guess and check strategy with this game. Calculator Chaos resembled the broken calculator game that we use in the Investigations Ten Minute Math. Even though they would not be used for intervention purposes, this site has many logic games such as Sudoku. These games are good for problem solving using both sides of the brain. Factmonster (www.factmonster.com) Factmonster is another good site for practicing all operations of math facts. Unlike Mathplayground, this site gives positive feedback with stars for correct answers and bigger stars when you get 20 problems correct. It also tells you the correct answer if you make a mistake. I like this feature, because the student may remember the correct answer and put it into their memory. When it doesn’t give the correct answer, often the students don’t take the time to look up the right answer. Another excellent link on this website is the Homework Helper link. You might overlook this, but it has many excellent games. One that was particular user friendly was Fraction Café. Under this section there are many fraction games that students can play on their own. Two that I investigated were on fair shares and finding equivalent fractions. One thing you need to know is that you need sound for these games. The Fraction Café game uses comic characters and relates fractions to food. Students order pizza which is cut into different size slices. It is an excellent way to visualize equivalent fractions. APlus Math (www.aplusmath.com) This was another user friendly website. Two sections that will help support intervention strategies were flashcards and the game section. The flashcards were large and easy to read. You can practice all operations, (+,-, x, /). The computer gives positive feedback and corrects incorrect answers. A good game was Planet Blaster. This was one that I didn’t see on other sites. Planet Blaster has the students adding and subtracting two-digit numbers. It is good for doing mental math. After doing the investigation Combining and Comparing where we have students look for landmark numbers, this game would support that concept. Students can be encouraged to break apart numbers to solve answers. (Ex: 47 + 19 can be changed mentally into 46 +20). The game keeps students attention by having a rocket blast up to a planet. Concentration was also a good game on this site. This helps with math facts and also memory. It is also a game that most students are familiar with. As I mentioned in the beginning, I found many good sites while doing my reviews. Many sites offer similar games. In the end, I found these to be worth using. I will certainly use them during the next school year. They were also “kid tested” by my summer school students who looked forward to getting on them each day. One last thought, during summer school and I’m sure it will be the same during the school year; the students who don’t have internet access at home are the most enthusiastic about playing these games.